Category Archives: Race

Talking Alton and Philando With My Newly Driving Black Teen

Talking Alton and Philando With My Newly Driving Black Teen

Most mornings, my teen daughter, adopted from Haiti, wakes up and does two things: she reads the world news on her phone and asks me if I can take her out driving that day. She is obsessed with both. Yesterday, she emerged from her room and said nothing. After a long snuggle session, less common inContinue Reading

The Hardest Resolution I’ve Ever Made: Stop Parenting From Fear

The Hardest Resolution I’ve Ever Made: Stop Parenting From Fear

Resolutions! Lose weight. Write a book. Read long, classic novels. Volunteer somewhere. Noble and righteous, good-person, headline-making resolutions. I long for them, these trendy resolutions full of moxie with their accompanying hashtags and meet-up groups. Join us each Sunday at the bay, the profile says We’ll spend a half hour cleaning the shoreline and thenContinue Reading

Loving Abusers, Oppressors, and Perpetrators Isn’t Helpful — Here’s Why and What to Do Instead

Loving Abusers, Oppressors, and Perpetrators Isn’t Helpful — Here’s Why and What to Do Instead

It seems that we in the U.S. have become accustomed to the tragedies of abuse, oppression, and assault. It is a tragedy within these tragedies that our response to horrors such as mass shootings, campus rape, violence and oppressive rhetoric are completely predictable nowadays. First, we respond with well-honed shock, and then panic, followed by assumptions, manyContinue Reading

I’m NOT Happy Anymore that the Bigots Are Revealing Themselves

I’m NOT Happy Anymore that the Bigots Are Revealing Themselves

  We all know what Trump means when he claims that he wants to make America great again. He longs for the days when bigotry was applauded and when protesters to bigotry were escorted out on stretchers (Trump code for dead). That much is clear. A typical and understandable response I hear regarding all the open bigotry theseContinue Reading

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